Our Patron and Partners

Our Patron

Now enjoying retirement, Lesley Dolphin was a presenter on BBC Radio Suffolk since the station launched in 1990. Lesley is a keen walker and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the full coastline of Suffolk in just 24 hours! We are delighted to have Lesley as the patron of the Suffolk Walking Festival.

David Falk (Festival Director) with Lesley Dolphin

I’m so proud to be the patron of The Suffolk Walking Festival because it’s an event that truly celebrates our lovely county. There is no better way of getting up close and personal with the beautiful countryside and history of Suffolk.

Every year David Falk and his team put together a cracking programme of walks. They take place in every bit of the county from West Stow to Walberswick and from Dedham Vale to the Waveney Valley. You’ll find them on your doorstep in our towns and villages and in the heart of the countryside discovering our Suffolk wildernesses.

You can learn about our Viking history, celebrate the magic of Trees, discover secrets on Orford Ness, hear about Suffolk’s fascinating archaeology, meet amazing walk leaders from communities across Suffolk, and make friends and you walk and talk.

There simply is no better way to explore Suffolk!

Lesley Dolphin

Our Partners

The Suffolk Walking Festival could never happen without the generosity of so many. Thank you to all our walk leaders, many of whom give up their time voluntarily and put in so much effort creating the festival programme.

Thank you also to BBC Radio Suffolk and Jayne Lindill editor of The Suffolk Magazine, for spreading the word about the festival.

Thank you to Suffolk’s local authorities who generously support the Festival. And a very special thank you to Lesley Dolphin, the Festival’s Patron.

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